r: "it will be less expensive and better then giving the US all that money with nothing to show for us." You do understand that "all that money" is coming from the USA in the first place? You do know that, don't you? Because the problem is this: the $billions that Israel will "spend" on "buying" the F-35 comes from the USA as military aid, and not from Israel's own pocket. Now, don't get me wrong: Israel can always walk away from the F-35, and is free to go elsewhere for its hardware. But if it *does* then it *can't* take those $billions with them because (and this always bears repeating) these are USA taxpayer dollars, not Israeli taxpayer shekels. So if Israel walks away from the deal then it walks away from that money, and it'll have to spend its own money instead. Q: Does it have that much money to spare? A: No, it doesn't.
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